13 days in Turkey Itinerary

13 days in Turkey Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkey travel route maker

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Istanbul
— 5 nights
Fly
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Bodrum City
— 1 night
Drive
3
Selcuk
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Pamukkale
— 1 night
Fly
5
Goreme, Cappadocia
— 3 nights
Drive to Kayseri Erkilet Airport, Fly to Karachi

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Istanbul

— 5 nights

Queen of Cities

A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern. Relax by the water at Silivri Sahili and Kisirkaya Beach. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, contemplate the long history of Historic Areas of Istanbul, explore the galleries of Galata Tower, and explore the world behind art at Chora Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip planner.

Karachi, Pakistan to Istanbul is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. Traveling from Karachi to Istanbul, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Karachi, expect much colder days and about the same nights in Istanbul, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can fly to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Istanbul

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Bodrum City

— 1 night

St.-Tropez of Turkey

More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
On the 8th (Thu), stroll through Torba Plaji, then kick back and relax at Gun Batimi Plaji, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kumbahce Sahili, and finally stroll through Mor Plaj.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Bodrum City trip planner.

You can fly from Istanbul to Bodrum City in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Istanbul in October since evenings lows in Bodrum City dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Selcuk

— 2 nights
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Heracles Gate, explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Ephesus, explore the ancient world of Brothel, then explore the ancient world of Temple of Hadrian, then explore the ancient world of Fountain of Pollio, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House). On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Celsus Ceramic, stroll through Pamucak Beach, then step into the grandiose world of Ayasoluk Castle, then ponder the design of Trajan's Fountain, and finally contemplate the long history of Public Latrine.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Selcuk trip planner.

Drive from Bodrum City to Selcuk in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Bodrum City in October since evenings lows in Selcuk dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Pamukkale

— 1 night

Cotton Castle

A popular spa since the second century BCE, the modern city of Pamukkale continues to draw worldwide attention with its hot springs and travertines--naturally formed calcite bathing pools.
On the 11th (Sun), explore the fascinating underground world of Kaklik Cave, explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, then steep yourself in history at Hierapolis, and finally take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Pamukkale using our trip planner.

You can drive from Selcuk to Pamukkale in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Goreme.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 3 nights
Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, look for gifts at Alaturca Taner, explore the fascinating underground world of Uchisar Castle, then steep yourself in history at Gore Harabeleri, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Goreme National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Goreme Open-Air Museum, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then stroll through Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Goreme road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Pamukkale to Goreme takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Goreme

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Turkey travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.